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SMILFnote  is a Showtime comedy series starring Frankie Shaw as a young woman struggling with the hassle of single motherhood. It's based on Shaw's Sundance award-winning short of the same name.

Tropes included in SMILF:

  • Amicable Exes: Brigitte and Rafi get along very well despite not being together anymore.
  • Dating Service Disaster: Brigitte runs across her own father on Tinder.
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  • Deadpan Snarker: Brigitte.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: After a nipple-slip photo goes viral, Nelson is stuck with the sobriquet "Hard-Nipples Nelson."
  • Fun with Acronyms: The series title, of course, and every season 2 episode title can use SMILF as an acronym.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Rafi's girlfriend Nelson Rose.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Nelson Rose.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: In the first season, every episode is named after two items of food eaten during the episode. In the second, every episode is a different acronym of the show title.
  • Imagine Spot: A dark one where she imagines a temp agency suggesting prostitution for her as a career.
  • Land Down Under: Samara Weaving keeps her natural Australian accent to play Nelson Rose.
  • Meaningful Name: Brigitte's son Larry is named after Boston basketball legend Larry Bird.
    • Similarly, Nelson Rose got her first name in honor of Nelson Mandella.
  • Nice Girl: Nelson Rose is incredibly sweet and good-natured and gets along really well with Brigitte and Larry. She even enjoys waiting in line.
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  • Off the Wagon: Her ex Rafi is a recovering addict; he slips and takes some pain pills after a stressful day.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Nelson Rose is pretty clearly based on Teresa Palmer who is also blonde, Australian, a Granola Girl and is married to Frankie Shaw's ex-boyfriend Mark Webber.
  • Rape as Backstory: Brigitte was molested as a child.
  • Whole Plot Reference: "Run Brigitte Run" is a takeoff of Run Lola Run.

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